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Resources for Nebraska prevailing wage contractors



Whether you are just starting out as a prevailing wage contractor or just looking to keep yourself updated, we have compiled these resources about state prevailing wage. Here are the most common questions of prevailing wage contractors and workers to help expand your knowledge!

The U.S. Department of Labor provides the regulations governing Nebraska prevailing wages. Foreign labor certification and public works are mandated to utilize prevailing wages. If you are a government contractor who is planning to do a project with the federal government of Nebraska, read the information below to ensure a smooth sailing transaction. For help with fully compliant fringe benefit plans in Nebraska please get in-touch via email or give us a call today!

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Is there a Nebraska prevailing wage law being implemented for public projects?
Yes. It was adopted in 1923. It’s most current amendment was done in 1999.
Were there any challenges met with regards to enforcing the provisions of the Nebraska prevailing wage law?
No challenges have been met so far.
What does “Fair Labor Standards” mean?
It is the rate of wages and labor conditions that is being maintained by a minimum of 50% of prevailing wage contractors that are engaged in the same line of business.
Is there a threshold that limits the coverage given for Nebraska prevailing wage workers?
There is no limit, with the exception of school districts which has a monetary threshold of $40,000.
What types of jobs does the Nebraska prevailing wage law cover?
The state prevailing wage law in Nebraska is applicable to road work contracts or any public projects that are related to supplies, repairs, constructions and improvements. No further definitions were given by the law.
How are the rates for prevailing wage contractors determined?
Neb. Rev. Stat 73-104 does not directly refer to any “prevailing wage”. However, it stipulates that contractors who are working on public projects must pay wages that are paid by at least 50 percent of the prevailing wage contractors to workers who are employed in a similar field of endeavor or business. The law also doesn’t allow actions that will make the cost of public work contracts go higher. Predetermination of prevailing wage rates by the state isn’t also provided.
Are prevailing wage job duties in Nebraska posted?
Are there any restrictions for special work assigments?
Does the Nebraska prevailing wage law oblige payment for overtime work?
Payment is made for work rendered beyond 40 hours every week. The state doesn’t have a regulation that regulates whether pay is needed for working overtime. Federal law regulates the payment for overtime work.
Are restrictions imposed for recognizing and crediting fringe benefits?
Does the Nebraska prevailing wage law define apprenticeship ratios?
Apprenticeship ratios are not defined under the Fair Labor wage law in Nebraska.
Are there penalties given for violating the Nebraska prevailing wage law?
Once a contractor was proven to be non-compliant with fair labor standards, his bid will be disqualified. The state of Nebraska doesn’t have a mechanism established to enforce fair labor.


The fair labor standards require contracts for public works to have a provision that it will comply with the rules set by such standards. This is also required when you are applying for a Foreign Labor Certification.
Our team in ARCHER JORDAN is ready to help you with your employees’ fringe benefits while you iron out your transaction with the Nebraska federal government. Call us today to discuss with our experts.

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